Articles by Aida Haidar

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Foreign Internet Companies in Kazakhstan Have Paid Nearly $6.3 Million in Digital Taxes Since Beginning of This Year

NUR-SULTAN – Foreign Internet companies operating in Kazakhstan have paid three billion tenge (US$6.3 million) in digital taxes since the beginning of the year, said head of the Digital Assets Department of the State Revenue Committee Nurzhan Kuandykov during an Aug. 11 live press briefing on the committee’s official YouTube channel. According to Kuandykov, only…

TURKSOY Promotes Legacy of Kazakh Writer Auezov Among Türkiye’s Audience on Eve of His 125th Anniversary

NUR-SULTAN – On the eve of the 125th anniversary of Kazakh writer Mukhtar Auezov, the novel essay “Menin Auezovim” (My Auezov) was translated into the Turkish language with the assistance of the TURKSOY international organization of Turkic culture, the Central Communication Service’s press service reported on Aug. 9. The novel essay was written by Kazakh…

Kazakhstan and Türkiye Expand Cooperation in Military Intelligence Information Sharing

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Türkiye will exchange intelligence, military information, and expert assessments, according to a protocol signed by the governments of Kazakhstan and Türkiye and ratified by the Kazakh government decree on Aug. 5. The protocol becomes effective on the date it is signed. The protocol states that the countries will jointly monitor the…

Air Astana Announces Plans to Open New Pilot Training Center Worth $10 Million in Nur-Sultan by Year-End, Addresses Recent Flight Delays

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s national air carrier Air Astana is set to open a new training facility worth US$10.4 million in the capital by the end of this year, said CEO of the company Peter Foster at an Aug. 5 press conference dedicated to outlining the development plans of the company. As specified by Foster, the…

Kazakhstan Ranks 79 Among 132 Economies Featured in Global Innovation Index 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is ranked 79th out of 132 economies for its innovation capabilities, taking third place among the 10 economies in Central and Southern Asia, according to the Global Innovation Index 2021. The top three economies by income group are Switzerland, Sweden and the United States of America (High-income); China, Bulgaria, Malaysia (Upper middle-income);…

Kazakhstan Invests $54 Million in 2022 to Develop Single-Industry Towns

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan allocated 25.8 billion tenge (US$54 million) in 2022 to develop its single-industry towns, announced Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov at an Aug. 2 government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov and reported by the ministry’s press service. The measures to develop single-industry towns are included in the roadmap that the…

Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare Calls for Timely Vaccination and Revaccination Among Population

NUR-SULTAN – The fact that 80 percent of COVID-19 positive tests occur in unvaccinated people or those who were vaccinated six months ago confirms the need for timely revaccination against COVID-19, said Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at Aug. 2 government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, the Prime Minister’s press service reports. According…

Pope Francis Confirms Visit to Kazakhstan in September to Attend Religious Leaders Congress

NUR-SULTAN – Pope Francis will make his 38th Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan on Sept. 13-15, 2022 at the invitation of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the presidential press service reported on Aug. 1.  The Pope is scheduled to meet with the country’s senior leadership and participate in the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional…

Emigration from Kazakhstan Declines for Third Consecutive Year

NUR-SULTAN – The number of people who are leaving Kazakhstan has decreased for a third consecutive year as the country is witnessing a decreasing gap between the number of people leaving and entering the country, Ranking.kz reported. Emigrants from Kazakhstan favor moving to Russia and Germany, while most immigrants enter the country mainly from neighboring…

Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare Expects COVID-19 Surge in August

NUR-SULTAN – Over the past week, the COVID-19 incidence increased by 1.9 times, compared with the previous week, said Vice Minister of Healthcare, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Aizhan Esmagambetova at a July 27 Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing. “We revise the forecast of the epidemiological situation every two or three weeks. The incidence of…